IMBA Trail Care

IMBA Trail Care Crew Weekend: April 12-14, 2012

Please Join the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition in welcoming the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Trail Care Crew (TCC) to the Friendly City on the Weekend of April 12-14.

All events are free but we ask that you please RSVP here.

Thursday Night: Club Care

Location: 6-8pm Clementine basement

Overview: A key element of building sustainable trails is ensuring that there will be a community committed to the trails’ existence. The Club Care Presentation is designed to teach advocates and volunteers how to effectively organize in order to accomplish club goals. Based on the Crews’ experience teaching hundreds of volunteer groups how build better trails through grassroots organization and advocacy, they will share techniques that advocacy organizations across the country have used to reach goals, overcome challenges, improve land access and grow the mountain bike community. This presentation helps effective clubs learn what they could be doing even better (such as growing leadership base), as well as teaches developing clubs how to structure their organization, motivate existing members and attract new volunteers and members.

Key topics: Building a community around a common goal, goal setting, increasing community participation in your club, cultivating new leadership, communications basics, events planning and marketing, tips and tricks for creating a strong and effective non-profit organization.

Target audience: Active club members, board members, committee members, general members of the public interested in becoming club leaders.

Friday Night: Better Living Through Trails (Event on Facebook)

Location: Harrisonburg City Council Chambers 409 S. Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Overview: This presentation explores the positive relationships between communities and their trail systems. Trails as community assets can improve quality of life and livability in a community for both the biking and non-biking members, and can attract significant tourism dollars in addition in increasing overall quality of life. With statistics and case studies, participants will learn how to turn a quality community trail system into a destination trail system, and learn how to effectively market a trail system. This presentation is a great way to show the community that a club is concerned with the health of the local citizens, the health of local green spaces and the health of the local economy.

Key topics: The economic, health and wellness benefits that trails and mountain biking bring to an area; the value of singletrack trails; economics of singletrack trails; building community trails; creating destination trails; case studies.

Target audience: Public board members; elected officials (especially the mayor and city council); tourism bureau; chamber of commerce; media; school districts; health care professionals; local. state and federal land managers; mayoral office; state and federal representatives, local trail user groups, local outdoor recreation groups.

Saturday Trail Building School (Event on Facebook)

Classroom location: Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center 620 Simms Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Hands on Training: Massanutten’s Western Slope Near Keezletown

IMBA’s Trail Building School teaches IMBA’s philosophies and trains local volunteers and land managers on how to build and maintain sustainable singletrack. The school involves three hours in the classroom followed by about four hours in the field doing hands-on trail work and field instruction.

Participants are expected to come to both the classroom and field sessions on Saturday.

General outline of the classroom presentation:

  • Introduction to IMBA
  • Introduction to the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew
  • Trail building theory
  • Essential elements of sustainable trails
  • Designing a trail
  • Constructing the trail
  • Rerouting and reclaiming trails
  • Advanced trail construction techniques

All events are free but we ask that you please RSVP here.

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